Tom Marlowe

Tom has built and remodeled homes, generated his own electricity, grown his own food and more, all in quest of remaining as independent of society as possible. Now he shares his experiences and hard-earned lessons with readers around the country.

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Sprinkling Diatomaceous Earth (DE) in the Chicken Coop – How Often

Chickens are routinely the target of infestation by mites, fleas, and other tiny, biting parasites. Much of the time these critters will take up residence in the coop and emerge at night to feast on some chickens while they sleep. At first it is an annoyance, but over time they can spell real trouble for …

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Chicken Fowl Cholera – Everything You Should Know

Chickens are generally hardy, healthy birds but even they can fall victim to various diseases. Perhaps none are more horrendous than chicken fowl cholera. Also known as avian cholera, this highly contagious and often fatal disease affects chickens of all ages, although old birds are most susceptible. Chicken fowl cholera can strike quickly and without …

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